World Maps Test Quiz

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Mr. Swenson's Maps Test


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  • 1. 
    A contour interval 
    • A. 

      Is the vertical spacing between contour lines.

    • B. 

      Connects points of equal elevation above sea level.

    • C. 

      Is a single map in a topographic series.

    • D. 

      Heightens the graphic effect of a topographic map.

  • 2. 
    Which one of the following correctly lists the four main properties of maps?
    • A. 

      Area, direction, latitude, longitude

    • B. 

      Equivalence, shape, latitude, longitude

    • C. 

      Conformality, equivalence, direction, symbols

    • D. 

      Area, shape, distance, direction

  • 3. 
    An example of a choropleth map would be showing
    • A. 

      Vegetation patterns by state

    • B. 

      The location of schools in a census tract

    • C. 

      Population density by county

    • D. 

      The population of selected cities

  • 4. 
    A map drawn at which of the following scales would show the most detail?
    • A. 

      1: 500,000

    • B. 

      1: 250,000

    • C. 

      1: 63,360

    • D. 

      1: 24,000

  • 5. 
    Meridians of longitude are farthest apart at the
    • A. 

      Equator

    • B. 

      Poles

    • C. 

      International Date Line

    • D. 

      Arctic Circle

  • 6. 
    When one travels one eighth of the distance around the world along the same parallel of latitude, the angular distance of longitude traversed is
    • A. 

      30%

    • B. 

      45%

    • C. 

      60%

    • D. 

      90%

  • 7. 
    A map scale of 1: 25,000 means that
    • A. 

      One inch on the map represents 25,000 feet on the earth.

    • B. 

      One inch on the map represents 25,000 inches on earth.

    • C. 

      One foot on the map represents 25,000 inches on the earth.

    • D. 

      One foot on the map represents 25,000 miles on the earth.

  • 8. 
    A geographic information system (GIS) is primarily based on the use of
    • A. 

      The electromagnetic system

    • B. 

      Remote sensing

    • C. 

      A computer

    • D. 

      A thermal scanner

  • 9. 
    What is the representative fraction scale of a map in which one inch represents one quarter of a mile on the ground?
    • A. 

      1: 21,120

    • B. 

      1: 15,840

    • C. 

      1: 10,560

    • D. 

      1: 2,640

  • 10. 
    The most appropriate contour interval for a relatively flat area is
    • A. 

      5 feet

    • B. 

      50 feet

    • C. 

      100 feet

    • D. 

      1,000 feet

  • 11. 
    Probably the most often misused projection is
    • A. 

      Goode's Homolosine

    • B. 

      Simple conic

    • C. 

      Gnomonic

    • D. 

      Mercator

  • 12. 
    Given a map scale of 1: 31,680, how many inches on the map would be needed to represent 4 miles on the ground?
    • A. 

      2 1/2 inches

    • B. 

      5 inches

    • C. 

      8 inches

    • D. 

      12 1/4 inches

  • 13. 
    Maps that show how the amount of a phenomenon varies from area to area are called
    • A. 

      Choropleth maps

    • B. 

      Topographic maps

    • C. 

      Flow-line maps

    • D. 

      Orthophoto maps

  • 14. 
    Under the survey system established by the Land Ordinance of 1785, land is divided into
    • A. 

      Tiers and ranges

    • B. 

      Base lines and meridians

    • C. 

      Townships and sections

    • D. 

      Acres and hectares

  • 15. 
    Conic projections are often used to depict hemispheres or small parts of the earth because
    • A. 

      A straight line drawn anywhere on the map is a line of constant compass bearing.

    • B. 

      The cone is the developable surface closest in form to one-half of a globe.

    • C. 

      Distances along all standard parallels are true.

    • D. 

      They can be mathematically adjusted to preserve conformality and equivalence

  • 16. 
    As one crosses the International Date Line going eastward, the calendar day should be moved
    • A. 

      Back one day

    • B. 

      Ahead one day

    • C. 

      Ahead twelve hours

    • D. 

      Back twelve hours

  • 17. 
    If it is 5 p.m. at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England, what time is it at 45° W longitude?
    • A. 

      2 p.m.

    • B. 

      8 p.m.

    • C. 

      1 a.m.

    • D. 

      11 p.m.

  • 18. 
    A great circle is formed on the surface of a sphere by a plane that
    • A. 

      Is tangent to the poles.

    • B. 

      Intersects the surface at two points only.

    • C. 

      Passes through the center of the sphere.

    • D. 

      Divided the sphere into four equal parts.

  • 19. 
    The prime meridian
    • A. 

      Passes through Greenwich Village, New York.

    • B. 

      Is given in nature.

    • C. 

      Connects the North and South poles.

    • D. 

      Is parallel to the equator.

  • 20. 
    Which of the following statements about longitude is correct?
    • A. 

      Degrees of longitude range from 0° to 360°.

    • B. 

      Meridians decrease in length away from the International Date Line.

    • C. 

      Distance between adjacent degrees of longitude increases away from the equator.

    • D. 

      It is the angular distance east or west of the prime meridian.

  • 21. 
    All of the following are key reference points in the grid system EXCEPT the 
    • A. 

      North and South poles.

    • B. 

      Polar circumference.

    • C. 

      Equator.

    • D. 

      Prime meridian.

  • 22. 
    Every projection has some degree of distortion because
    • A. 

      A curved surface cannot be represented on a flat surface without distortion.

    • B. 

      Parallels and meridians never cross at right angles on a globe.

    • C. 

      The grid system is two-dimensional but the earth is three-dimensional.

    • D. 

      A sphere is a developable surface.

  • 23. 
    • A. 

      Latitude is a measure of distance and of the equator.

    • B. 

      Latitude lines are always parallel to each other on a globe.

    • C. 

      Latitude varies from 0° to 180°.

    • D. 

      On a globe, lines of latitude intersect parallels of longitude at right angles.

  • 24. 
    All of the following are developable surfaces EXCEPT the
    • A. 

      Sphere.

    • B. 

      Plane.

    • C. 

      Cylinder.

    • D. 

      Cone.

  • 25. 
    Thermal scanners are characterized by all of the following EXCEPT that they
    • A. 

      Sense the heat emitted by objects on earth.

    • B. 

      Can operate only in the daytime.

    • C. 

      Have been used to detect water pollution.

    • D. 

      Do not use photographic film.